Why Taking Care Of God’s Business Is Good For Us

Matthew 6:33, Kingdom of God, SpiritPutting the Lord’s business in front of our own is a real challenge.  We live in a fallen world and we are fallen creatures of flesh.  Our physical senses limit us to perceiving only temporary things and the completely natural thing to do is to react to the circumstances and environment around us and try to take care of our needs first and foremost.

But this is not God’s way.  If we profess to be His children then He asks us to seek to do His work first.

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)

Because God is good, His instruction also comes with a promise.  If we seek His kingdom and His righteousness first then everything else that we need will be provided for us.  In other words, our God will never leave us stranded or without help.  As we work for Him and carry out His business He will be working right alongside us for our benefit and His glory.  This is a great blessing in and of itself.

But there’s more!

What God has been teaching me lately is that if I will put Him first and do the work that He has asked me to do then while I am doing it, I won’t fall into sin and temptation and am much less prone to human error.   Put another way, doing God’s will is the perfect defense against sinning against Him.  It sounds obvious when you really think about it but is still an amazing truth to discover.

When I am doing my own thing and not being especially attentive to the Lord I make a lot of mistakes and tend to exercise poor judgement.  When I am listening for the Lord and putting His work first then I perform at a level that is higher than “me”.  And that is completely awesome to the point that afterwards I will sometimes look around and go “what just happened?  Did I do that?”

And the answer is no, God did it.  I was just the man who was willing and ready to be used.

God will do the same for you also.  If you are willing to believe on Him, walk with Him in Spirit and truth and then put His kingdom and His righteousness first God will perform miracles through you.  You will do things that will leave you joyful and amazed as His Spirit flows through you.  And through it all, God will be glorified and you will see just how God our God can be.

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water. (John 7:38)

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